The Future of Responsive Typography
From An Event Apart, Seattle 2014. Notes by Barry Smith (@thebarrytone). View all of Barry's notes from this event.
Everything is amazing in our world of typography now.
Problem No. 1—basics or low-hanging fruit
- Paragraph width (40em)
- Kerning and ligatures
- text-rendering CSS style (research)
- font smoothing (sub-pixel rendering)
- be cautious on small type. Focus on headings.
Problem No. 2—Media Queries (missing info)
- Physical resolution (no way to know without knowing device)
- research EDID spec: raw Dpi
- Sizecalc.com—creating uniform size in physical space "perceived size"
- Other queries: aspect ratio, projection,
Problem No. 3—Fonts (they are static)
- In old days, fonts changed at different sizes...weren't uniformly scaled down
- Use a suite of fonts for purpose-specific uses. (Font bureau reading edge)
- Type designers develop detailed systems that get flattened into a few forms for web.
The Glass Floor
- The point at which you can't adjust anything without loading a whole new font
- Need a variable font format. The "poles" are loaded and the variations are interpolated. (Doesn't exist)
If the design is leading the decision (even things like licensing), we can change the way it all works.